Down 3-1 and facing elimination the Terriers took to the ice last night with a purpose. For the first time this series Portage scored the first goal of the game. McIsaac hit Barnstable with a beautiful pass and he beat Link high glove for the 1-0 lead early in the first.
Portage took a 2-0 lead when Chase Brakel made a pass to the slot for Turner Ripplinger who buried his team leading third of the playoffs. Portage headed to the dressing room with a 2-0 lead.
Winnipeg hit the scoreboard 6:41 into the 2nd Behun beating Petersen on the rush. Dexter Kuczek tied the game at 2 scoring shortside on the powerplay. Portage came back with a powerplay marker of their own less than 2 minutes later, McIsaac goes off the post and in for the eventual game winner.
Portage was in control in the 3rd and added 2 more goals for good measure. McIsaac scored his 3rd of the playoffs going 5 hole on Link and Jeremey Leipsic picked up his first of the postseason batting his own rebound out of the air for a 5-2 Terrier final.
Petersen had a strong outing in net turning away 25 shots.
The Terriers head to Winnipeg for Game 6 Monday night, game time 7:00pm. They’ll be looking to force a game 7 with their first road win this series.